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apple-pie bed

a bed that has been short-sheeted as a joke.
Also called pie bed.
Origin of apple-pie bed
First recorded in 1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for apple-pie bed
Historical Examples
  • But you see, Anne, this perhaps has irritated them more than an apple-pie bed.

    I'll Leave It To You Noel Coward
  • apple-pie bed, a trick played at schools on new comers, or on any boy disliked by the rest.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • “Come along quickly, or you will have an apple-pie bed made,” he said, in a low voice.

    Digby Heathcote W.H.G. Kingston
  • He was a Parisian, a former street arab, and I suspected him of having prepared an apple-pie bed in order to have a laugh at me.

    Trooper 3809 Lionel Decle
  • Fortunately, however, I have a very good answer to this apple-pie bed charge.

  • Listen again to one Montagu, a sixth-form boy who has caught a gang of dormitory roysterers preparing an apple-pie bed for him.

  • I have it on absolute authority that Ermengarde once made another girl an apple-pie bed!

British Dictionary definitions for apple-pie bed

apple-pie bed

(Brit) a way of making a bed so as to prevent the person from entering it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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